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My Senator Denies Climate Science And Oklahoma Pays The Price

My Senator Denies Climate Science And Oklahoma Pays The Price

by Lisa Sharp

Living in Oklahoma these past two summers has been tough. The heat wave and drought that has engulfed nearly 97 percent of the state has fueled massive wildfires, costing many their homes. The devastation doesn’t stop at Oklahoma’s borders, either. Those living outside of Oklahoma, or even outside of the drought and heat wave, will still feel the impacts of the drought. Food prices have already jumped 6 percent and corn prices are at a record high. And it’s not just corn that is struggling; 66 percent of the United State’s hay is in drought, and 73 percent of cattle grazing land suffers from drought. Other crops are struggling around the U.S. as well. This has sparked fear of another food crisis, something like the food crisis of 2007/08.

Oklahoma Senator In Denial

Despite the overwhelming mounting evidence of our changing climate, many in power choose to ignore or deny it. My Senator in Oklahoma, Sen. James Inhofe, who wrote the book, “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future,” is one of the most well-known climate deniers. He is famously quoted here:

“Climate change is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people” ~Sen. Inhofe

His own state is having to declare a state of emergency due to the extreme drought and two summers of record heat, but Inhofe is standing firm in his denial. During a Senate committee hearing on climate change earlier this month, Inhofe stated, “the global warming movement has completely collapsed.”

Why Sen. Inhofe’s Climate Denial Is Bad For This Country:

A consequence of the current extreme weather is increased ground-level ozone. You may have heard of an ozone alert, or air pollution alert. Ozone is a colorless gas that naturally exists in the earth’s upper atmosphere and protects us from the sun’s harmful rays. However, when ozone is found near the surface, it’s called ground-level ozone or smog. Ground-level ozone is caused by a combination of things, including heat and pollutants. While everyone is vulnerable to ground-level ozone, children, the elderly, people with respiratory conditions, and people that work outside are at an increased risk.

Why Sen. Inhofe’s Climate Denial Is Bad For Me:

I have asthma. So I’m one of the “sensitive population” that is impacted by ground-level ozone. With the increased number of ozone alert days, I’m forced to skip out on some outdoor activities. For instance, on my birthday, I was planning to visit the zoo in either Oklahoma City or Tulsa. But there was an ozone alert in both cities and I had to choose an indoor activity. I already live near a cement plant and worry about mercury, but now I also have to deal with this increase of pollution.

3 Things We Can Do Stop Climate Change:

  1. Tell Barack Obama and Mitt Romney climate change can’t wait! We want real solutions now.
  2. You can help reduce ground-level ozone by doing simple things: avoid driving, refuel vehicles carefully and when air is cooler, avoid idling your vehicle, avoid mowing during ozone alerts, and try to mow in the evening, or better yet, use a greener mower.
  3. Join Moms Clean Air Force to stay up-to-date on the latest news.

Clearly, climate change is here and it will continue to impact us, unless we become part of the solution and vote into office those who do not deny science.

Tell the presidential candidates to talk about global warming.

 

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9:24PM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Inhofe also refutes Darwin and does not accept the reality of evolution, he rejects all sorts of scientific FACTS that are way beyond being only theory. Yes he gets money for playing 'the dummy' however it appears that he truly IS as ignorant as he comes on. There really needs to be an IQ test to serve in the United States Senate because we can no longer afford to have village idiots determining policies that will result in the extinction of all life on the planet if these fools are just left to wallow in their lack of brain function.

2:37PM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Your politicians have been denying climate change since they refused to sign the first Kyoto Protocoll in the 90s.

The entire world is paying the price, including the nations on submerged islands.

Around the millenium, people were still talking about "five to twelve" and "we must turn the trend around NOW" but they have stopped saying that now because it is too late.

Countries with money, like the USA (Yes, you do have money. You just need to stop stuffing it down Rummy/Cheney's military throat, for example) wil survive.

Third world countries, not so much.

3:51PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Behold David F and Inhofe, textbook examples of the species Rightwingus Wackaloonus, known for being unable to keep to a straight line, and force to fly in endless circles that bring it back to the place from which it began. The Rightwingus Wackaloonus, a subspecies of the Greater LoonyToon, is also known for the following: complete inability to get off the party line, total blind and deafness in the face of facts, rage when confronted with facts, and the dedication to Deny Everything. There are those that believe that the Rightwingus Wackaloonus is actually a GMO creation by Monsanto and the Koch Brothers; certainly the Rightwingus Wackaloonus is a vector for the MeFirst virus, which causes complete atrophy of compassion, empathy and concern for others, and causes utter selfishness, hatred, rage, and delusions.

5:22PM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

all i can say is hes an idiot....good read, thanks!!


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2:22AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

thank you for sharing

4:22PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Senator Inhofe has earned, and continues to earn, large cash rewards in the form of "political payola" from corrupt, wealthy industries optimizing their profits from continued pollution .., pollution that contributes to accelerated/ increased global warming resulting from human-caused damage to our environment. In brief, Inhofe is a paid climate change denier. Most of the voters in Oklahoma do not seem to object to the dirty politics Inhofe uses to increase his bank balance.

3:02PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

David F.: You might be "polite", but you are for-sure terribly ignorant. Now ignornace, by itself, is no big deal, especially when the ingnorant are open to correcting their affliction. However, purposeful ignorance is pathetic, and the uber-partisan purposeful ignorance in which you engage is just plain malignant. You have proven time-and-again on this site that you are not interested in relieving your affliction -- many people including me have tried to help you in the past, only to be met with DEFLECTION and even more dumps of empty rightwing stupidity.

Not a single thing in your incoherent post is true as it relates to global warming. You merely provide a rote parroting of some weak and refuted factoids that have already been put out by the rightwing anti-climate-change noise machine. The issue with the airplanes is UTTERLY stupid, and merely goes to highlight what intellectually dishonest lengths you frantic morons are willing to go to disrupt an honest discussion on climate change. You either know that, and are disingenuous to repeat it anyway; OR you are so intellectually incapaciated that your handlers happily pull your strings and let you take the lead in their baffoonery.

I will leave it as an exercise for YOU to figure out why ANYTHING, having been left on the Greenland ice shelf for many years, would not be found on the surface, WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE. Hint: precipitation.

For God's sake man, use your befuddled brain for o

3:02PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

David F.: You might be "polite", but you are for-sure terribly ignorant. Now ignornace, by itself, is no big deal, especially when the ingnorant are open to correcting their affliction. However, purposeful ignorance is pathetic, and the uber-partisan purposeful ignorance in which you engage is just plain malignant. You have proven time-and-again on this site that you are not interested in relieving your affliction -- many people including me have tried to help you in the past, only to be met with DEFLECTION and even more dumps of empty rightwing stupidity.

Not a single thing in your incoherent post is true as it relates to global warming. You merely provide a rote parroting of some weak and refuted factoids that have already been put out by the rightwing anti-climate-change noise machine. The issue with the airplanes is UTTERLY stupid, and merely goes to highlight what intellectually dishonest lengths you frantic morons are willing to go to disrupt an honest discussion on climate change. You either know that, and are disingenuous to repeat it anyway; OR you are so intellectually incapaciated that your handlers happily pull your strings and let you take the lead in their baffoonery.

I will leave it as an exercise for YOU to figure out why ANYTHING, having been left on the Greenland ice shelf for many years, would not be found on the surface, WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE. Hint: precipitation.

For God's sake man, use your befuddled brain for o

3:00PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Best you change your Senator....

1:58PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Thanks for a good article.!!

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